Friday, April 17, 2015

Book Review: YOGURT by JANET FLETCHER

Yogurt
 
I make yogurt.  Every week, a gallon of milk goes on the stove and I turn out six wide mouth pint and a half size mason jars of yogurt.  We go through them, but usually it's just smoothies or yogurt with fruit.  That's why I was excited by the opportunity to review Yogurt: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner by Janet Fletcher.
 
The beginning is great for people that don't know how to make yogurt.  It lays out the steps easily, and since she uses a method much like my own, I can bet that you'll get positive results.  I like that she spoke about the use of whey and gave troubleshooting tips.  I recently made a batch of grainy yogurt, and thanks to Ms. Fletcher, now I know it's because I heated the milk up too fast.
 
Lamb Meatballs in Warm Yogurt Sauce with Red-Pepper Butter
 
I like that her recipes are easy to follow and have easily accessible ingredients.  I'm glad the breakfast section was brief, I mean really, that's not overly complicated.  I like that she took the time to include recipes for flat bread and how to cook chick peas.  I really like that the majority of recipes involve not cooking the yogurt for extended periods or at high heat.  One of the main points of eating yogurt is the probiotic benefits, which you lose by over cooking.  While the savory dishes look great, I am honestly most interested in making the Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta with Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce.
 
Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta with Strawberry-Rhubarb Sauce
 
WOULD I BUY IT?  Yes.  Nice, heavy weighted paper.  Beautiful pictures.  This book is well written, easy to read with simple, but delicious looking recipes.  This is a great book for anyone looking to make homemade yogurt, expand their horizons and try savory yogurt recipes and make healthy recipes using fresh ingredients.
 
 I received a free copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.  There was no obligation to give a positive review, and if you read my blog, you know I'm a tell-it-like it is kind of girl.  I mean what I say and say what I mean, that holds true for my review.

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